Pregnancy brings so many joyful, wonderful things into your life. Pregnancy nausea is not one of them. Check out down below what are the best natural morning sickness remedies, to quickly and easily soothe your stomach and combat the nausea and food aversion…
The moment you find out you are pregnant, your whole world shifts. Suddenly, there is someone you haven’t even met, but that already has such a huge impact on your entire life.
Most of the new things that pregnancy brings make you want to giggle from the excitement. But not all the changes are out of this world cute. Many women suddenly have to deal with hormonal acne, pregnancy stretch marks, blotchiness, swollen feet… And of course, the notorious morning sickness.
Lately, several studies have confirmed that morning sickness is actually a good sign that indicates a healthy pregnancy. However, just because it is normal, doesn’t mean you have to suffer through it every single morning(or, in some cases, the whole day).
6 Best Morning Sickness Remedies
Ginger is probably the first thing moms around you would suggest for dealing with morning sickness. There are even a few researches that suggest that ginger is one of the best morning sickness remedies that helps soothe an upset stomach and ease the nausea.
Most pregnant women prefer ginger ale or candied ginger. You can also try ginger tea, ginger biscuits or ginger chews. Or consult with your doctor and start taking ginger capsules – 250 mg four times a day.
Small, frequent meals
When dealing with morning sickness, eating three big meals a day simply won’t work. In fact, an empty stomach can often be a trigger for pregnancy nausea.
But eating heavy, greasy food all day long is also not the solution. What can help you the most are small portions of dry, kind of bland food several times a day.
You can always have a pack of plain crackers or a small bag of nuts in your purse and take small amounts throughout the day, even if you are not hungry.
It is also a good idea to keep small amounts of crackers, pretzels, dry bread or a piece of toast on your nightstand, so you can take some as soon as you wake up.
Another cause of pregnancy nausea can be the lack of protein in your diet. To get some extra protein, try eating more eggs, yogurt, peanut butter or chia pudding.
Also, anything sour and fresh can be a great morning sickness remedy, especially when combined with any source of protein. You can make this refreshing, sourish pineapple smoothie and sip on it all day long. You will need:
- 2 cups frozen pineapple cubes
- 1/2 – 1 frozen banana, diced
- ½ cup Greek yogurt (if you want, you can use vanilla yogurt)
- ½ cup milk (or coconut milk)
- 1/2 tablespoon freshly grated ginger root
- ground cinnamon – optional
First, put the pineapple cubes and banana into a blender. Blend until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until everything is smooth and well combined.
Pour the smoothie into a smoothie glass and have it for breakfast or simply sip on it every time you feel like the nausea might kick in soon. It is best to keep the smoothie in the fridge in between uses, to really refresh you every time you take some. But you can also take it with you wherever you go that day.
Scented hand lotion
In many women, the “morning” sickness is more similar to motion sickness and it is often triggered by the smells around them. Many pregnant ladies start to instinctively avoid places that might make them feel sick, like public transport or certain restaurants.
Though the strong, not pregnancy friendly scents can’t always be avoided, you can try and replace them with something fresh and soothing. It is a good idea to always have with you something that smells refreshing, that might make you feel better almost instantly.
Hand lotions are especially practical. They are small, easy to carry around, easy to apply in public and come in a variety of scents.
So, just test a few different lotions, pick a scent that makes you feel good and always carry it in your purse. If you don’t know where to start, most pregnant women say the scent of lemon or peppermint helped them the most.
Regular exercise during the pregnancy is very important for both yours and your baby’s health. And it can help relieve many unpleasant pregnancy symptoms, such as morning sickness.
Of course, jogging every morning, hours in the gym or any sort of extreme fitness can be counterproductive and even harmful. Instead, you can try swimming, prenatal yoga or simply – long, easy walks.
It is best to consult with your doctor about any physical activity you plan to take.
Taking enough water and staying well hydrated is very important during pregnancy, especially considering all the liquid you are losing through the vomiting. But when you are feeling sick, it can be hard to gulp down even small amounts of water.
And here’s the irony – getting dehydrated can worsen your nausea.
However, low temperature and sour flavor of Italian ice and similar products can help you get the hydration you need, refresh you and help with the nausea. You can also try lemon slush, freezer pops, ice chips or watermelon ice cubes.
If you are making your own lemon slush or watermelon cubes, feel free to add a handful of fresh mint leaves. The smell of mint is proven to help soothe your stomach and help relieve your morning sickness.
If the morning sickness remedies from the above don’t help ease your nausea, your stomach can’t hold food for long or you start to lose weight, consult your doctor about taking OTC or prescribed medications.